Rochy man crushed to death

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A ROCHESTER man was crushed to death in a work­place in Mil­dura last Tues­day.

The 58-year-old, who is yet to be iden­ti­fied, was load­ing a bi­tu­men roller onto a tray truck in a de­pot yard when he was crushed.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the roller moved with­out warn­ing and pinned the man be­tween the roller and the tray.

Paramedics and po­lice tried to re­vive the man but he died at the scene.

The site was be­ing used to store plant and ma­chin­ery for the Mur­ray Basin Rail Project.

Con­struc­tion com­pany McCon­nell Dow­ell, which is the con­trac­tor for the project, said in a state­ment the in­ci­dent oc­curred at a sep­a­rate site that is not man­aged by that busi­ness.

The state­ment said the death oc­curred at an “in­de­pen­dently op­er­ated” fa­cil­ity.

‘‘The site was be­ing used to store plant and ma­chin­ery for the Mur­ray Basin Rail Project,” the state­ment read.

‘‘But it is not a site con­trolled by the McCon­nell Dow­ell Mart­i­nus Rail Joint Ven­ture (MMJV).

‘‘MMJV is of­fer­ing coun­selling to work­ers and staff and will pro­vide fur­ther up­dates as more de­tails be­come avail­able.

‘‘McCon­nell Dow­ell and Mart­i­nus Rail of­fer sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of the de­ceased.’’

Work­safe Vic­to­ria is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and po­lice are pre­par­ing a re­port for the coro­ner.

The man’s death brings the num­ber of Vic­to­ri­ans killed at work this year to 21, com­pared to 24 for the same time last year.

It’s the sec­ond work­place fa­tal­ity within a week in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

The body of a man in his 50s was found on a prop­erty at Yarck the week be­fore.

It’s be­lieved he died af­ter fall­ing off his mo­tor­bike.

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